Implementation of SEN Support

In the past five years there has been a huge fall in the number of children and young people identified as having SEN.

There is very little evidence to explain this fall in numbers, or indeed about the implementation of SEN support in schools and colleges more generally (SEN Support replaced School Action and School Action Plus). The only hard evidence we have is the worrying drop in the numbers of pupils identified as having SEN from around 20% in 2011 to 15.4% in 2015.

We are urging the Department for Education to commission research into the implementation of this element of the reforms and to analyse the reason for the fall in numbers.